UK Container Maintenance Limited

Heligan have advised the shareholders on the sale of UK Container Maintenance Limited (UKCM) to US based, Private Equity backed, the Impact Environmental Group (IEG).

With its operation based in Winsford, Cheshire, UKCM is a family owned and managed business that was established 25 years ago by Emma and Julian Elston. UKCM has grown to become one of the largest container repair and refurbishment companies in the UK, working closely with local authorities, waste recycling and manufacturing companies to improve their ESG impact by providing a valuable end-to-end bin management lifecycle service.

IEG is a US based family of companies that provide products and services to the global waste and recycling industry. It has locations positioned strategically around the US and Europe and is private equity backed by Aurora Capital. In the UK IEG owns Container Components Europe and Egbert Taylor. Together with UKCM, IEG now owns a Group of companies that provides new bins, repair and refurbishments and spares services for a range of waste container solutions.

Emma Elston comments: "IEG's combined vision is to bring a strategic collective of companies under one group to create a one-stop provider for all waste and recycling needs, inclusive of new products, replacement products, and refurbishment services. It was important to us to find a company that felt as passionate about UKCM, our core values, customers, and staff as we do, and we truly feel we have found this in IEG". Emma added "Heligan provided exceptional commercial support on this deal and were instrumental in negotiating the deal and driving it forward to completion."  
Colin Strevens comments: “UKCM has grown substantially in recent years on the back of its laser focus approach to providing refurbishment solutions to national clients. Emma and Julian have created a real disruptive, tech-driven, business with a unique culture that has driven exceptional results. It was an absolute pleasure to help deliver this international deal alongside Emma and her fantastic team."

Colin Strevens and Andy Dickinson lead the deal from Heligan with support from Khal Ali and Azam Iqbal. The sell side team also included Trowers (Legal), Claritas (Tax) and Hurst (Accountants). The buy side team included Lawyers (HCR) and FDD providers (MCG Capital).